Your will is a legal document that enables you to decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your demise.
When you make a will you can also ensure reduce your Inheritance Tax liability leaving more for your family and loved ones.
A will therefore protects your interests and your loved ones when you’re not there to do so.
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If your affairs are complex you should get advice from a specialist.
After writing your will, the next steps are to get it formally witnessed and signed to make it legally valid.
For your will to be legally valid, you must:
If your affairs are straightforward you can make your will yourself so long as it meets the above mentioned requirement and clearly mentions:
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You should get legal advice if your affairs are complex, for example:
Previously, one could only get a will witnessed in person. That has however changed, and signing can now be witnessed both in person and remotely (for instance, by video conferencing).
Regardless of which way you get your will witnessed:
You can only sign remotely in England or Wales and not in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Just so you know you cannot leave your witnesses (or their married partners) anything in your will.
You cannot amend your will after it’s been signed and witnessed.
If you want to update your will, you need to either make an official alteration (called a ‘codicil’) or make a completely new will.
In both cases you must follow the same signing and witnessing process again.
There’s no limit on how many codicils you can add to your original will.
If you make a new will you should state that it revokes (officially cancels) all previous wills and codicils. You should destroy your old will by shredding, burning or tearing it up.
You can either keep your will at your home or store it with:
You should inform your will’s executor (the person you’ve chosen to carry out your wishes in the will), a close friend or relative where your will is.
If you die without a will (“intestate”), the law will decide who gets what and your estate may become liable to pay more in inheritance tax.Write Your Will Online